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Suspect In Hash Oil Manufacturing Fire, Dwayne Rideau, Arrested In Antioch

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A man was arrested in connection with a fire suspected to have started from a hash oil lab that burned a planter box and part of a deck in Antioch Monday evening, police said today.

The fire was reported in the 2200 block of Sycamore Drive at 6:10 p.m., Contra Costa fire officials said.

After the fire was put out, police arrested 30-year-old Dwayne Rideau of Antioch on suspicion of manufacturing hash, police Sgt. Mike Mortimer said.

The incident was the second hash oil-related fire in the county in four days. On Friday, a hash oil lab exploded in the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue in Walnut Creek, seriously injuring two victims, fire officials said.

The two men injured were so severely burned that they were taken to the burn center at the University of California at Davis.

The explosion was so strong it collapsed the roof of the six-unit apartment building, leaving it uninhabitable.

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